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December 2007

A canyon in three days

According to a report from Associated Press, a canyon (now open to public view) was formed in three days when flood waters spilled from a reservoir overflow channel on Canyon Lake in central Texas. On 4 July 2002, when the floodwater was at peak flow, it was moving at almost 70,000 cubic feet per second (normal flow from the reservoir is 350). The water continued to flow for approximately 6 weeks, carving out a canyon a mile and half long and up to 80 feet deep through the limestone rock. 

Bill Ward, a retired geology professor from the University of New Orleans, described the event. ‘It exposed these rocks so quickly and it dug so deeply [that] there wasn’t a blade of grass or a layer of algae’. Numerous fossils, including worms and dinosaur footprints have been exposed by the flood.
The article compares the rapid formation of this canyon with that of the Grand Canyon, claiming, ‘It took water around 5 million to 6 million years to carve the Grand Canyon, which plunges 6,000 feet at its deepest point and stretches 15 miles at its widest’.

But the journal Creation Research points out that the recent event shows that time doesn’t make a canyon, but a lot of fast flowing water does. At the rate of excavation observed in Texas it would take only 225 days to carve out the depth of the Grand Canyon.
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